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Diwaniya Under Fourth Day of Curfew
"70% Success" in Operation; GI Killed in Fighting
04/09/2007 8:39 PM ET
Diwaniya, Apr 9, (VOI) – The Fardh al-Qanoon (law-imposing) security plan being implemented in Diwaniyah city, 180 km south of Baghdad, has achieved 70 per cent success, while a committee was formed by local government, police and the Iraqi army to support the city with food supplies, as it was placed under curfew four days ago, an Iraqi army source said on Monday.

“Military operations are still underway until the end of the security plan,” commander of the 8th Division of the Iraqi army, General Othman Ali Farhoud, said during a news conference attended by the chief of the 4th Brigade of the U.S. army, Michael Gart.

“A committee was formed by the local government, the police and Iraqi and U.S. forces to support the city with food supplies,” he added.

For his part, Michael Gart said that one U.S. soldier was killed and a number of soldiers were injured during clashes in the city.

“U.S. forces will continue hunting down the gunmen,” he added.

The city witnessed fierce clashes over the weekend between Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi army and Iraqi forces, backed by U.S. forces, who used ground forces and air strikes in the city.

Diwaniya is the capital city of Qadissiyah province in central southern Iraq.

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